How can cholecystitis be treated?

How can cholecystitis be treated?

  • Antibiotics : Antibiotics may be prescribed if there is an infection. The doctor may also prescribe a pain medication to help with the pain.
  • Cholecystectomy : If the condition worsens the doctor may suggest getting a cholecystectomy. A cholecystectomy is a low-risk surgical procedure that removes the gallbladder from the body. The surgery usually only lasts about 1 hour and the patient is given general anesthesia. One does not need a gallbladder in order to digest food properly.

What complications can occur if cholecystitis is not treated?

  • Enlarged gallbladder : If cholecystitis is not treated, the gallbladder may swell to a very uncomfortable size. Swelling also increases the risk of the gallbladder tearing, which could lead to infection or tissue death.
  • Infection within the gallbladder : If too much bile builds up within the gallbladder, the bile may become infected. The infected bile can then leak to the lining of the abdomen and other organs to cause more complications.
  • Death of gallbladder tissue : If tearing occurs and the blood flow comes to a stop, the tissue can die and the gallbladder can burst.